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Emergency response drill planned in HCM City

Update: October, 09/2015 - 19:22


Fire-fighting police team inspects system at a building basement in HCM City. — Photo

HCM CITY — A massive emergency response drill is being planned at HCM City in late November, the Ministry of Public Security's Fire Prevention, Fighting and Rescue Police Department announced this morning.

HCM City's 26-storey Vincom Centre, designed with six basements, has been selected as the site for the national-level drill.

Totally 2,000 participants and 100 professionals will take part in the drill. The police ministry, HCM City People's Committee, and Ministry of Defence's Military Zone 7 will jointly implement the drill.

The drill aims at training the Vietnamese fire-fighting police force to tackle minor and major incidents.

Some incidents have occurred recently in multi-storey building basements, such as an incident of asphyxiation at Big C supermarket in Ha Noi resulting in the hospitalisation of 20 people, and a fire at MB Bank building in HCM City.

The fire-fighting police force have faced more obstacles when incidents occur in the basements of building with an area of about 10,000sq.m, a department representative said. More and more multi- storey buildings with large basements are being constructed in cities such as HCM City and Ha Noi. — VNS

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